Mayor of London

Mayor of London
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Sadiq Khan November 2016.jpg
Sadiq Khan

since 9 May 2016
Style No courtesy or style ascribed [1]
Appointer Electorate of Greater London
Term length Four years
Inaugural holder Ken Livingstone
Formation Greater London Authority Act 1999
Deputy Joanne McCartney
Salary £143,911

The Mayor of London is an elected politician who, along with the London Assembly of 25 members, is accountable for the strategic government of Greater London. The current Mayor is Sadiq Khan, who took up office on 9 May 2016. The position was held by Ken Livingstone from the creation of the role on 4 May 2000, until he was defeated in May 2008 by Boris Johnson, who served two terms before being succeeded by Khan.

The role, created in 2000 after the London devolution referendum in 1998, was the first directly elected mayor in the United Kingdom.

The Mayor of London directs the entirety of Greater London, including the City of London, for which there is also the ceremonial Lord Mayor of the City of London. Each London Borough also has a ceremonial Mayor or, in Hackney, Lewisham, Newham or Tower Hamlets, an elected Mayor.


The Greater London Council, the elected governance for Greater London, was abolished in 1986 by the Local Government Act 1985. Strategic functions were split off to various joint arrangements. Londoners voted in a referendum in 1998 to create new governance structures for Greater London. The directly elected Mayor of London was created by the Greater London Authority Act 1999 in 2000 as part of the reforms.

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